‘The way it was’: an account of soccer violence in the 1980s

Tom Gibbons, Kevin Dixon, Stuart Braye

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Abstract

Causes of football hooliganism are still widely disputed by academics, and narrative accounts from reflective ex-hooligans in the public domain are often sensationalized. The aims of this essay are to critically assess some of the main academic theories behind the causes of football hooliganism; and, to consider the value of gathering less sensationalistic in-depth narrative accounts from reflective ex-hooligans in order to further understanding. This has been achieved through presenting findings from a case study comprising interviews and a life testimony from an ex- football hooligan who has become an active member of a Christian church. The methodological value of narrative accounts from reflective ex-hooligans is also discussed in relation to its validity, representation and its general appropriateness towards the study of football hooliganism. A case is made for sociologists to consider using in-depth oral accounts from reflective ex-hooligans in order to ensure theory reflects empirical evidence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-41
JournalSoccer & Society
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008

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